Hoffman’s well-developed business process for motion solution design comes full circle
By Tom Hoffman, CEO/President
Last summer, we introduced our blog audience to R.M Hoffman’s well-developed process for value-added design and development of unique, problem-solving motion control solutions. In successive episodes we examined these steps:
• Discovery – where we learned about your requirements and engaged in research toward useful solutions
• Design – a collaborative endeavor to arrive at a probable solution
• Adaptation – interactive bench testing to ferret out and resolve problems; redesign and needed
• Prototype creation –proof of both concept and manufacturability
• Validation – pre-production quality control and final design tuning
Our Sunnyvale, CA facility has assembled literally hundreds of solutions as the direct result of the value-added process. Typical new projects call for as few as two dozen assemblies. Some projects run into several hundred. Depending on the availability of special components and/or the need to subcontract certain parts, customers should allow between 12 and 18 weeks to finish production.
In most cases – owing to the precision and material strength requirements embodied in motion control – we subcontract components that require machining, CNC milling and laser metal cutting. Just as our customers have learned to place trust in us, we’ve developed strong relations with reliable vendors. At any given moment, of course, our vendors need to slot our job into their flow.
Hoffman’s chief role during the production phase is two-fold. First, our Sunnyvale facility serves as the assembly plant. We organize the bill of materials right here. Next, our experienced assembly techs employ quality control best practices as they turn parts into final products.
Our production process – like yours – is governed by a design package that includes the bill of materials, drawings and specifications. If you called upon us several years down the road to produce the same assembly again, we retain the documentation to enable success.
Now that we’ve closed the circle, perhaps you’d like to review the full blog series in a single document. We are building the e-book! R.M. Hoffman’s Value-Added Design Process will be ready soon.